Jerome in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Audrey Shaft and UVX Operations
The Audrey shaft was completed in 1918 as part of a complex operational plan that sought to maximize the amount high-grade ore extracted, reduce fire risk (a major concern
The shaft itself is made up of three independent, concrete-lined segments with major horizontal hubs at the 800-, 1200-, 1300-, 1400-, 1500-, 1600-, and 1700-foot levels. The headframe consists of a structure of wood beams supporting three sets of pulleys over which cables ran that hoisted cargo cages. Cage guides on the headframe served as transitions from each of the shaft segments to the free air above ground.
The UVX operation in Jerome was concentrated in a fairly small area bordered by the Little Daisy hotel on the hill to the west, serving as a residence for miners and the Douglas Mansion to the east. A complex of buildings and other structures were clustered next to the Edith and Audrey shafts. These included, among others, a power substation fed
During the years from 1919 through 1938 the Audrey headframe lifted more than 3.6 million tons of ore yielding 320,000 tons of copper, 190 tons of silver, and 5.3 tons of gold. The profit was immense, averaging in excess of 70 percent, and continued at this pace until the price of copper fell precipitously in the early stages of the Great Depression.
Location. 34° 45.23′ N, 112° 6.762′ W. Marker is in Jerome, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on State Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jerome AZ 86331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Audrey Shaft Headframe (here, next to this marker); The Childs-Irving Project - Construction Challenges (a few steps from this marker); The Irving Turbine and Generator (a few steps from this marker); The Childs-Irving Project-Hydroelectric Project (a few steps from this marker); Jerome's Famous Sliding Jail (approx. ¼ mile away); Whitten Printers (approx. ¼ mile away); Hotel Connor (approx. ¼ mile away); Jennie's Place (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerome.
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